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England Women's Soccer Captain Casey Stone Comes Out As Gay

"How can I expect other people to speak about themselves if I'm not willing to do that myself?" says the Arsenal women's defender.

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The 31-year-old Arsenal defender told the BBC she has been out to her family "from very early on" but closeted in nearly every other aspect of her life.

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Stoney currently plays in the semi-professional Women's Super League. In her experience, being gay is much more accepted in the women's game than the men's.

Stoney was inspired to speak out at this time after seeing the public's positive reaction to Tom Daley's coming out – as well as the fact she is now in "a loving relationship."

Stoney added that she would not go to Russia or Qatar for the World Cup in 2018, due to the current anti-LGBT legislation. "I wouldn't be accepted there," she said.

Catch her full interview with the BBC here.

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.

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